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Sociological theme: Changing family structure
Data source:

Key skills:
Application of number

Sociological skill:
Interpreting data
Conducting research

Households & families

Marriages and divorces, United Kingdom

The proportion of children living in loneparent families in Great Britain more than
tripled between 1972 and spring 2004, to 24…

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the number in 1971.

Questions: Knowledge and Interpretation

1. How many marriages were there in 1950?
2. In which year since 1950 was the number of marriages the highest?
3. What was the number of first marriages in 2000?
4. What difference is there between the number of marriages in…

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Methodology problem

How could you design a reliable and valid research study into how young people feel
about marriage and divorce? What ethical and practical problems might you


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